If you’re browsing with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 or 11 and you’re visiting a site that needs Internet Explorer to work properly, you’re in luck. Edge includes an “Internet Explorer mode” for compatibility. Here’s how to use it.
Warning: Microsoft Edge’s modern browser engine is more secure (and faster) than Internet Explorer’s legacy. You should only use IE mode when absolutely necessary: for example, to access old websites designed for Internet Explorer that do not work well in modern web browsers.
First, open Edge. In the upper right corner of any window, click the ellipses button (three dots) and select “Settings” from the menu that appears.
When the Settings tab opens, expand the window until you see the Settings sidebar. Click on “Default browser”.
In the default browser settings, find the “Internet Explorer Compatibility” section. Using the drop-down menu next to “Allow sites to reload in Internet Explorer mode”, select “Allow”. Then click “Restart” to restart your browser.
After Edge reloads, navigate to the site you want to load in Internet Explorer mode. To switch to IE mode, click the ellipsis button (three dots) and select “Reload to Internet Explorer mode”. Or you can right-click on the tab and select “Reload tab in Internet Explorer mode”.
Edge will reload the site in the Internet Explorer engine and you will see an Internet Explorer icon on the left side of the address bar reminding you that you are in IE mode.
You will also see a strip at the top of the website, just below the address bar. If you want to reload the site in Edge, click “Open in Microsoft Edge“. You can also click “Show in Toolbar” to add an icon to your toolbar that you can click to exit IE mode.
You can now browse as you normally would. To exit Internet Explorer mode, close the tab or click the “Exit IE Mode” icon in the toolbar if you added it in the step above.
If you want to permanently open a certain website in IE mode, click on the IE logo in the address bar and toggle the switch next to “Open this page in Internet Explorer mode next time”. Or you can open Settings > Default browser, then select “Add”. In the “Add a page” dialog box that appears, enter the address of the site you always want to use in IE mode, then click “Add”.
From now on, this website will always load in IE mode for compatibility. Due to possible security risks, Microsoft recommends not using IE mode longer than necessary. Good navigation !